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After graduating from Shortridge High in 1940 Kurt Vonnegut entered Cornell University Vonneguts father and brother strongly urged him to pursue a degree in biochemistry and during his studies he found he had no desire for the subject and was rewarded with poor grades His only enjoyment was found in writing for the Cornell Daily Sun At Vonneguts lowest point he was nearly expelled from school as a result of poor grades but in 1942 he was drafted into the United States Army It was during his first tour of duty in the army that several of his influential experiences occurred In 1944 Vonneguts mother committed suicide and several months later he was captured by the German Army in the Battle of the Bulge During his capture Vonnegut worked at a vitamin plant and lived through the horrific bombing of Dresden an incident that killed more people than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined After the Soviets liberated him Vonnegut returned to the US and married He then entered a Masters program in anthropology at the University of Chicago and worked as a reporter for the Chicago City News Bureau Following his stay in the Windy City Vonnegut moved to New York and took a public relations job for General Electric research laboratoryBibliography
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